Can I Touch Your Hair? by Irene Latham
Available At: Academy International, Legacy Peak (ES), Ranch Creek
Categories: Anti-Police, Racism, Whiteness
Description: Discussions of racial biases and assumptions made by and toward two young children by their classmates and how they overcome them.
YA Label?: No
Notes: Controversial racial commentary.
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Page 7: “Now I’m stuck with Iren? She hardly says anything. Plus she’s white.”
Page 12: “At church everyone is white.”
Page 18: “I smile when Shonda comes over, but she doesn’t smile back. You’ve got the whole rest of the playground, she says, Can’t we at least have this corner?”
Page 27: “Only then does he tell me about Trayvon, about Ferguson, Missouri. What happened and why.”
Page 31: “…sky black. streets black. faces black. fear white”
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